Some hack blogger threw this out into the mix yesterday on Twitter (OK, it was me) and some poor soul at ESPN, who I hope is still employed, picked it up and ran with it for their Insider's Rumor section.
A new idea came across the digital dashboard on Monday afternoon that could put Westbrook in the NFC North, but not Minnesota. Aaron Nagler of Green Bay Packers blog Cheesehead TV: "The longer Westbrook is on the market, the more likely [Packers GM Ted] Thompson is to bring him in for a look."
In Green Bay, Westbrook would obviously play behind starter Ryan Grant, but ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter still thinks Westbrook can help out in such a limited role
Now, before everyone twists this WAY out past what I intended it to be - this is pure, unfiltered speculation on my part. But if you look at Thompson's history in free agency, it makes some sense, the most obvious example being his bringing in Charles Woodson when no one in the league was interested. Thompson saw an undervalued asset and made his move.
Now, Woodson was signed before the draft, shortly after Favre made his little petulant remark about how the team needed to "make a statement" a la Reggie White in free agency. (And no, I don't think Favre's words begot the Woodson signing) With Westbrook, I wouldn't expect anything to happen, at least as far as the Packers are concerned, until after the draft. There's every possibility the Packers could wind up drafting a young, dynamic playmaker on the offensive side of the ball, making acquiring Westbrook unnecessary.
But if they don't, it makes a world of sense for the Packers to bring Westbrook in, kick the tires so to speak, and see if he would be a good fit. Yes - the concussion issue is a serious one and Westbrook reportedly suffered two last year. But if he is cleared medically and wants to play, you take a look. And let's be honest here, no one's talking about him taking snaps away from Ryan Grant - but on third down and for certain, special offensive packages, if the price is right - always the key when talking Thompson and free agency - I think a playmaker like Westbrook, who is already familiar with the West Coast Offense and just a hundred times more dynamic in the passing game than any back currently on the roster, makes an awful lot of sense. There's no harm whatsoever in bringing him into Green Bay for a visit and seeing if you can get a good player for relatively cheap.
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